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1 Introduction to DM2E (Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana) Sam Leon (Open Knowledge Foundation) Eva Minerva 2012 @DM2Europeana

2 Eva Minerva 2012 Lower the barriers for humanities scholars to re-use digital heritage in their teaching and research

3 Division of labour 1. Provide data and digital content to Europeana with a focus on digitised manuscripts 2. Build tools for the aggregation of this data and content so that it can be re-used and connected 3. Develop tools for the re-use of Europeana Linked Data in humanities research contexts Eva Minerva 2012

4 Content providers European Association for Jewish Culture (Judaica) Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (ECHO) Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Google) Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Kalliope) University of Bergen (Wittgenstein) CNRS ITEM (Nietzsche) National Library of Israel (Judaica) Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie (German Text Archive) Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Polytechnisches Journal) Eva Minerva 2012


6 Linked Open Data Eva Minerva 2012

7 Linked Data & RDF Eva Minerva 2012 Resource Description Framework (RDF) – Conceptualizes information as web-resources identified by a URI – Models information as statements about resources in the form of triples (subject – predicate – object) – RDF makes meaningful connections between resources very easy

8 Linked Open Data Eva Minerva 2012 Allow teachers, students and researchers to explore the connections others make between works, authors and collections Lower the barrier to entry for others to build the tools that will define 21 st century scholarship

9 Eva Minerva 2012 What kind of tools do we want?

10 Beyond infrastructure “Research infrastructure is not research just as roads are not economic activity. We tend to forget when confronted by large infrastructure projects that they are not an end in themselves. [...] Infrastructure projects can become ends in themselves by developing into an industry that promotes continued investment. To sustain infrastructure there develops a class of people whose jobs are tied to infrastructure investment.” Rockwell, 2010 Eva Minerva 2012

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12 Scholarly primitives "Scholarly Primitives: what methods do humanities researchers have in common, and how might our tools reflect this?” – John Unsworth, 2000 Unsworth’s scholarly primitives: – discovering – annotating – comparing – referring – sampling – illustrating – representing Professor Stefan Gradmann co-authoring a paper with the DM2E Digital Humanities Advisory Board developing this set of primitives to further model the scholarly domain Eva Minerva 2012



15 Pundit Demo Hands-on Pundit demo 15:45-17:00 in the Auditorium with Christian Morbidonni (Net7) Eva Minerva 2012

16 Wittgenstein Case Study 10 scholars from the University of Bergen using DM2E tools to annotate and curate Wittgenstein’s Brown Book Feedback in to further development of the platform

17 Useful Links Follow @DM2Europeana Get in touch email Eva Minerva 2012

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